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Ijen Crater, Banyuwangi
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Adventure up an active (but quiet) volcano to see Ijen Crater. Take in the volcanic landscape as part of a tour, or travel independently in a rented jeep. The sulfur lake represents the main attraction of the otherworldly scenery, with its turquoise color and steam plumes. A spot for hikers to aim for, the crater attracts walkers, geologists, and photographers from all over the world who are drawn to the sheer topography of the environment and the mysterious aesthetics of its primary feature. Arrange to visit Ijen Crater and other attractions in Banyuwangi using our Banyuwangi vacation route planner.
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  • It is one of the highlights of our trip! We loved this place to take your breath away. Ascension is less difficult than I thought, he just take his time. If you do not at night (as it was in our case), we must still start walking early (we went down at 5: 00) or risk really too hot. The discovery of the crater made, anyway, forget the efforts of the climb because it's really beautiful! We hesitated to descend into the crater, because we didn't know if it was dangerous, but eventually once up it's really too tempting and think it would be a shame not to go all the way. Several things: * we went with one of the driver of our hotel (the hotel Ketapang Indah to Banyuwangi) and the hotel gave us masks that are required once you are at the bottom of the crater lake and the fumes of sulfur. However, it will claim them. * Cold enough when we start climbing down the mountain at 5 in the morning and when we left the time seemed covered and we wanted to sell us the umbrella but uphill it quickly discovered. So plan a jacket a little warm and waterproof (just in case). * During your ascension you will encounter minors with whom you can discuss and who will wait for you and help you to descend into the crater and take pictures if you wish. On the other hand, they won't say that after this, but they are expecting money in return (for the descent into the crater)! We had, obviously give a ticket to our "guide" after coming back, but when we gave him he said that it was not enough and called for more. Know this and rather agree a price initially for the descent.
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  • If you are fond of hiking and relatively fit, you should be able to enjoy it. There are two parts to this hike. First is the walk to the top of the crater which for most parts is through well defined ...  more »
  • This walk is not for the unfit! The walk to the top of the crater, although of course, up, is easy enough but the walk down to the blue flame does not really have a path. Lots of lose stones to walk o...  more »